Enjoy Montana's Great Outdoors

Montana is an outdoor recreationist’s paradise. With 57,346 square miles of public land, including 320 fishing access sites, 9 national forests, 21 national wildlife refuges and 953,574 acres of lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams there is something for everyone.

Enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, boating, backpacking, camping, bicycling, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing in the warmer months. In the winter Montanans get outside and enjoy snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and Nordic skiing.

Even Montana’s cities feel like they are in the middle of the outdoors. You are just a step away from being able to experience some outside fun.

Outdoor & Recreation Blog

Flathead Lake Cherries

Flathead Lake Cherries

Montana is famous for its cherries, grown around the Flathead Lake.  The season is short, but there is an abundance of sweet, juicy cherries in July and early August throughout the Flathead Valley.

Want to pick your own cherries?  No problem!  Just take a ride around the east side of Flathead Lake and pull in at any U-Pick sign....

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Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful area south of Polson and Flathead Lake, and north of St. Ignatius and Missoula, MT., created to accommodate nesting birds.  It is open to the public for wildlife viewing, birding, and photography.  Of course, the best viewing is early in the morning or later in the day.  There are over 2...

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St. Mary Falls Glacier

St. Mary Falls

Not far from the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, is St. Mary Falls.  On hot summer days, this oasis of cool water is a popular destination.

There is a small parking area for St. Mary Falls.  From there, walk about a...

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Hiking In and Around Bozeman, MT

The Bozeman area has plenty of hiking, biking, and running trails.  Many are located close to town.  Here are a few trails that you can experience during your stay in Bozeman:

Drinking Horse Mountain Trail - located opposite the M trail, it is an easy hike, just outside of city limits.  It is busier than some tr...

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Rattlesnake National Recreation and Wilderness Area

Just about 4 miles north of Missoula, MT, lies the Rattlesnake National Recreation and Wilderness Area.  This is a great place for biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and hunting.  The southern 3 miles of the NRA is quite accessible and more frequently used by visitors to the area.  Beyond that is the wilderness area for t...

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Tizer Botanic Gardens

Tizer Botanical Gardens and Arboretum is a hidden gem just 20 minutes south of Helena off of US 15.  Plan a day to wander the many gardens.  This is a great way to be outdoors in Montana, yet not as strenuous as hiking, biking, or even golf.  The pathways, gift shop, and restrooms are 90% handicap accessible.

Walk the...

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Lamar valley bison

Lamar Valley - Yellowstone

One of the best areas in Yellowstone National Park to view wildlife is the Lamar Valley.  Located in the northern part of the park, this vast and beautiful expanse of land will entice you to want to make several return trips.

Wolves were...

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Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park

Montana’s famous limestone cavern is open to tour at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.  Located amongst beautiful scenery along side the Jefferson River, just a short drive between Butte and Bozeman in Montana.

As part of your visit to Mo...

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Beartooth Highway Montana

Beartooth Highway

One of America’s most scenic drives is scheduled to open for the season on Memorial Day.  This winding 68 mile road runs from southeastern Montana, just south of Red Lodge, through Wyoming, and then back into Montana where it leads into Cooke City, Silver Gate and Yellowstone...

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McDonald Creek to Lake

Early Spring in Glacier National Park

It is April and Glacier National Park is waking up to warmer weather, melting ice and snow, and the plowing of the Going to the Sun Road (GTTSR).  This is a special time of year in the park.  Although vehicle access is limited across the park, it is a great time to experience the quiet of nature via foot or bicycle.

Imagine walk...

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